For all the matcha lovers out there, we found another place where you can enjoy Japans most famous beverage. There are many places to enjoy matcha, but if you are serious on finding one of the best in Tokyo then a visit here is a must in our book. There are tea places and there is Jugetsudo. It might be a bold statement to say but we have tasted quite a few cups of this brew and this is one of our favourite spots to visit whenever we are both in Tokyo or by ourselves. The interior has a modern twist to it, mixing the traditional with the new.
Jugetsudo is located on the 5ft floor of the Kabuki Theater in Ginza. Tokyo is always busy and it can sometimes get overwhelming so this is a great place to have some peace and quiet. It’s like an oasis in the middle of all the craziness in Tokyo. Sit back, relax and enjoy a freshly made cup of matcha with a sweet treat. Why not try the Matcha Mont Blanc cake, some Green Tea French Toast or a Matcha Parfait? The Tea house always offers a set menu and it’s always good to ask for recommendations. There is also a Japanese Tea Course on offer where you can try different kinds of tea and some sweets to compliment the taste. The Tea Course is a bit pricier but worth the experience. Bring some time with you as this is not something you rush. Tea is serious business and the best part of the process is savouring the whole experience in peace.
Jugetsudo’s Green Tea French Toast
Green tea parfait and the Matcha Mont Blanc served with a cold green tea yuzu drink.
The shops address is, Tōkyō, Chuō, Ginza 4-12-15 Kabuki-za Tower. Opening hours between 10:00-19:00, 7 days a week. The nearest station is Higashi Ginza station which is also conveniently connected to the building. Contact beforehand if you want to book the Tea Course Experience. Phone no.: +81-3-6278-7626
Another great place for a quiet sit and green tea is Higashiya (http://www.higashiya.com/en/). It has a traditional Japanese sweet shop at the front of the shop and their tea house at the back. Finding Higashiya is a li ttle more complicated but worth the complication. It is on the first floor of the Pola building. Once you enter you get the feeling of being transported to Japan about 30 years ago.
The traditional sweet shop at the entrance.
Higashiya’s teas are green teas, not the strong matcha teas. The staff are very knowledgeable and can tell you all about the differences of the green tea leaves and the different ways of roasting that bring a variety of flavours. They mix their green tea leaves with other ingredients, which makes drinking tea here a special experience. We had green tea with kumquat and green tea mixed with a root. It is all freshly prepared. The tea is on the pricey side (Ginza prices), but the experience makes it worth it. The tea is served with a little mochi sweet (a Japanese rice cake). The mochi sweets are usually filled with red beans. We decided to go for a brown rice mochi with red beans. Delicious.
The tea and the accompanying little mochi sweet
If you are looking for a traditional place as a little treat, this is definitely it.
They are open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm
We love both of these tea places, but for different reasons. If you are not quite sure which one to visit, we recommend Jugetsudo for the modern interpretation of green tea, matcha and cakes, and Higashiya for a traditional experience. If you go, let us know what you think of these places. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do 🙂